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ARE 5.0

Will the content/length of online-proctored exams be the same as the exams administered at the test center?

Yes, candidates testing online will experience the same exam as candidates testing in person, with the same tools, number of items, testing length, and exam content.

Will NCARB-approved materials improve my chances to pass the ARE?

While  NCARB-approved materials  are verified to appropriately cover the key elements of the division, passing the ARE typically requires a combination of education, experience, and studying. Therefore, NCARB does not guarantee that the use of approved materials will result in a passing score.

Will my passed ARE 4.0 divisions transfer to ARE 5.0?

The ARE 5.0 Credit Model shows how passed ARE 4.0 divisions will transfer to 5.0. You can also use our Transition Calculator, available in My NCARB, to see the 5.0 credits you will receive if you've passed 4.0 division(s) and plan to transfer to 5.0.

Will I have access to scratch paper during my exam?

No, as of December 14, candidates testing online and in person no longer have access to physical scratch paper while taking the ARE. Candidates can use a digital whiteboard tool instead, which you can get familiar with in the demo exam

Will I be able to test online if I’m located internationally?

Yes. Prometric (as well as future exam vendor PSI) offers online-proctored exam times around the globe 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. If your testing environment meets the technical and environmental requirements set by NCARB and Prometric, you will be able to test—regardless of your current global location.

Will I be able to see my provisional scores after an online proctored exam?

Yes, the option to view provisional feedback will be available for online and in-person exams. However, if you test within the first four weeks of launch, your score report will likely be delayed while a cut score is set, and provisional feedback will not be available after your appointment. 

Why doesn’t NCARB provide more feedback on score reports?

On a failing score report, you will find descriptive feedback about your level of performance on each section of the division. Descriptive feedback is not provided on passing score reports as the exam is designed to assess your ability to practice architecture—not to be used as a “teaching tool.”

Why do I have to sign a “Candidate Agreement?”

To ensure the exam’s integrity, you will be required to accept the Candidate Agreement before each division. Any inappropriate access to or disclosure of ARE content may result in severe disciplinary action, including the suspension of testing privileges and/or the cancellation of scores. Learn more about the Candidate Agreement.

Who develops the ARE?

The ARE is developed by NCARB with the help of hundreds of licensed volunteers from across the country. Throughout the year, these volunteers write new questions and review current questions to ensure they meet quality standards.

Where can I take the ARE?

Regardless of where you are seeking registration or received eligibility from, you can take the ARE at most Prometric test centers, as well as online from any location that meets online proctoring requirements